Once nearly as ubiquitous as dictionaries and cookbooks are today, letter-writing manuals and their predecessors served to instruct individuals not only on the art of letter composition but also, in effect, on personal conduct. Poster and Mitchell contend that the study of letter-writing theory, which bridges rhetorical theory and grammatical studies, represents an emerging discipline in need of definition. In this volume, they gather the contributions of eleven experts to sketch the contours of epistolary theory and collect the historic and bibliographic materials - from Isocrates to email - that form the basis for its study.The main documentary evidence for letter-writing instruction is in the form of model letters, recopied by students. The writers of these ... Major examples include P. Paris 63 (discussed in Wilcken 1927) and P. Bon. 5. The latter ... It is probable that student letters acted as a sort of progress report to parents ( supplementing the progress reports provided by their teachers), in the sense that the degree to which students had mastered verbal skills would be apparent in their letters. Studentanbsp;...
|Title||:||Letter-writing Manuals and Instruction from Antiquity to the Present|
|Publisher||:||Univ of South Carolina Press - 2007|